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Sox Snooze at Thome Tribute

August 11th vs. the Cleveland Indians

WSI Playdate Funtime:
An obscure game, but applicable tonight. Like the board game, the Sox tried to find deeper levels of sleep as they advanced through nine innings.

Short Take: The Sox celebrated Jim Thome night by folding 3-1 to the Indians.

The White Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians tonight 3-1. That's not news. James Shields started this game and gave up all three runs. That's not news either, nor is the fact that the Sox had three errors. We've come to expect all these things.

It wasn't all bad news. Jim Thome was honored at the ballpark, with a nice pre-game ceremony and bobbleheads given away. Peoria's newest member of the Hall of Fame received the adulation he richly deserved. It was a nice reminder that players like him come through like a cool breeze on a hot day, and we need to appreciate them when they pass by.

The Sox did have three hits in this game, and the only one productive was Yoan Moncada's solo homer in the third (Jim Thome approved). Yolmer Sanchez and Nicky Delmonico each had a single, but they were random, zero-impact little bingos.

Can't blame Shields entirely. Only two of the three runs he gave up were earned, which is what happens when the team behind you makes three errors. Two runs, even three, shouldn't be enough to discourage the lineup of major-league hitters, but it apparently was enough to slow down the South Side bats tonight.

The Sox struck out 12 times tonight; the Indians only five. That's a factor that helps explain why Cleveland leads the division. I wouldn't anticipate the Indians going all the way in the postseason -- they'll have to get past Boston and New York -- but they'll be there.

It's good that Moncada went deep tonight. We worry that he's in over his head, that the talent and athletic genes won't be enough to get him to hit major-league sliders. Now and then, though, he shows flashes that he might be as good as we hope. And we hope.

Hang in there, we tell ourselves. The Rebuild marches on: the Birmingham Barons ran the table with seven homers in an 18-2 ka-booming yesterday. Eloy Jiminez is still tearing it up in Charlotte, and Michael Kopech is still Michael Kopech. Please stand by and get your ticket orders in for the 2020 ALDS. Plenty of good seats available.

In the meantime, tip your cap to Jim Thome and think about the day about 20 years from now when Kopech, Jiminez, and several of their teammates make their own speeches in Cooperstown. Get your ticket orders in for that one, too.

Fun Da Mentalz:
It's good to see a great ballplayer like Jim Thome honored. It's not good to see the Sox roll over.

submitted by tebman.

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